Razzmatazz

Razzmatazz is a new hat pattern that I have designed to be an absolute color explosion. Merino wool was used for this exciting project.  The Merino wool was  hand dyed, hand-spun and hand knit for this FO with just a little lace here and there.  A chunky Art yarn was created in such dazzling and bright colors, and at times I was uncertain that the color scheme would work. Once I began to knit the color scheme began to fit perfectly and I suddenly realized that I actually liked the boldness of the colors.  Razzmatazz is one of two projects I am working on at the moment. It just happens that this project was the one chosen to be finished first. The other project is a much bigger project and the details of it will be discussed in a later post. Hope you enjoy seeing Razzmatazz as much as I enjoyed creating her.

Spunky The Electric Spinning Wheel

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A couple of years ago I designed my electric spinning wheel out of need. I wanted an electric spinning wheel but the prices were far to high, and I didn’t want to invest that kind of money. So, I did some research and came up with my own idea for a design. It’s simple, but it works. I can easily say that I have gotten a lot of use from my electric spinning wheel, and still to this day use it. I am posting it again, because today is the day that I have finally painted her and given her a name. Well, Tina Sanders…I finally finished hooking “Spunky” up. I think she’ll do….don’t you? Note: If you’ll click on the picture you will get more views of “Spunky”. THESE PLANS ARE FREE. E-MAIL ME TO GET A FREE PDF FILE E-MAILED TO YOU.

What Color Merino

Well, ended up with 949 feet of a single ply yarn from spinning the Merino fleece. I had wanted to ply it into a 3 strand Navajo ply. The single ply was too thin and kept rolling back upon itself. Hence, I decided to go ahead with a 2 ply yarn. The end result is beautiful. I like how Merino has that spongy kind of bounce to it and when put into more than a single ply you get more bounce for your money.  Now I must decide what color to dye this skein of yarn and what I will name it. I was thinking maybe  a color in the red family, and then I was thinking perhaps something in the purple family,  and then I thought of yellows and reds that blend into oranges. The possibilities are endless. Will come back and finish this post once I have come up with my final decision.

OK, I’m back and after setting the twists in the 2 ply yarn I have finally put dye to the Merino and come up with a name. This baby is named, “Simply Scarlet”. The Merino yarn took in all the dye as noted when removing the yarn from the bath. Bath was completely clear of dye and the coloring of the dye gave the yarn a slightly variegated look. Though, when hand-dyeing yarns how fibers will take on dye is sometimes very unpredictable. If there are kinks in the yarn, an area tied to tightly, or even a slight difference in spinning technique of the same yarn, all can effect the outcome of dye color.  Now I wish I had spun more. This would make a beautiful sweater or cowl. The good thing is that I wrote everything down, and can reproduce the dye bath. Now the unveiling of “Simply Scarlet”.

The stats on “Simply Scarlet” are as follows:

WPI: 18

Weight: 1.9 ounces

Ply: 2

Yards: 158

 

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